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Jan 10, 2011

Barley Laddu – A Healthy Treat for a Happy Birthday

Yes, it’s a happy birthday to Trendy Relish (and also Essence of Andhra as it was previously called)!! It’s exactly been a year Trendy Relish was born and three years Essence of Andhra (Telugu Ruchi) was born. To be exactly clear: Trendy Relish came to life during the first week of January 2010 and Essence of Andhra has stepped into the wonderful world of blogging during the second week (around Pongal season) of January 2008. So I wanted to celebrate both birthdays in the middle that means today.

I am sooooo glad that I have decided to start my own blog in 2008. Or else how could I have made so many friends? Thank you so much dear friends, readers and visitors for keeping this little blog alive and for all the support you’ve been giving to my blog. Keep visiting and be encouraging!!

These days I’ve been trying to include many healthy ingredients (mostly I guess:)) as possible in my regular diet. I’ve been searching ways to make my kids also eat these healthy things. They always say, why all the healthy things taste so bad? So I thought why don’t we try to make these taste good for good health?

I wanted to celebrate the blog’s birthday with a healthy sweet treat which will make everyone craving for more. And it was a hit.

Coming to the recipe: I used Pearl Barley for making these laddus. These grains can be found in regular Grocery Stores. Pearl Barley is nothing but regular Barley where the hull and bran is removed by processing. This makes these grains cook faster and make them less chewy than the regular barley grains. They still possess all the health benefits as the regular barley.

If interested, all the health benefits of BARLEY can be read at this Site: WHFoods.

Ingredients: (Makes 16 small Laddus as in the picture)

  • 1 cup Pearl Barley
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • ¼ cup Milk
  • 2 tsp Ghee (Clarified Butter)
  • Few Cashews + Few Raisins
  • ¼ tsp Cardamom Powder

Check barley and remove any impurities it may contain. Then heat a pan and dry roast barley until it turns golden brown in color. Keep aside to cool.

When barley becomes cold, grind it into a fine powder along with sugar. Filter and grind the remaining coarse grains again until they become fine.

Heat ghee in a pan and add cashews + raisins and sauté until the raisins bubble up and cashews turn golden brown in color.

Pour this over barley + sugar mixture and mix well. Then add cardamom powder + milk and mix well by hand.

Note: Add little more milk if the mixture is still dry.

Take small portions of the mixture and shape into balls of desired size. Place them on a plate to dry for some time.

Enjoy these yummy and healthy laddus with a guilt-free feeling :)


Madhavi said... [Reply]

Happy wala birthday to your delicious blog :)) Laddu looks divine, super!!!

swapna said... [Reply]

Congrats on ur blog-birthday!!
Sure is a healthy treat!!

Sailaja Damodaran said... [Reply]

Very healthy.nice creation.

Rachana said... [Reply]

Congratulations Trendy Relish! Those ladoos are so healthy and yumm!

Priya Suresh said... [Reply]

Congrats Uma, keep rocking..wat a healthy treat..

Hayley said... [Reply]

Congrats ...ladoos are very tempting !

Swathi said... [Reply]

Congratulations of Trendy Relish, Barley laddu looks awesome.

Pavithra Elangovan said... [Reply]

Congrats on ur New name, blog anniversary dear. The layout is gorgeous and wonderful dish for the occation..keep going.

Unknown said... [Reply]

congrats and very happy birthday to ur blog!...The Ladoos look awesome too!

Suja Manoj said... [Reply]

Congrats dear..keep rocking!
ladoos looks awesome and so healthy.

AJ said... [Reply]

Look yummy!!

Indian Khana said... [Reply]

Nice name and laddu looks delish...

Unknown said... [Reply]

something so new..wishing you many more years..

Unknown said... [Reply]

Congrats Uma and wish u many more.Choodataniki sunniundalu laga vunnayi nakunoruoorutundi... but great idea..

notyet100 said... [Reply]

wish ya many mire,..;-)
ladoo looks delicious,..

chef and her kitchen said... [Reply]

Healthy laddu...it cant be more healthier than this...:)

jayasree said... [Reply]

Wishing you many more years of happy blogging...Laddu sounds delicious.

Loved the new header.

Anonymous said... [Reply]

thanks looks nice. Can you post something about oats upma without much oil and salt? thanks

Anu said... [Reply]

Lovely blog and great recipe Uma..Happy to follow your blog.

Aruna Manikandan said... [Reply]

Congratulations !!!!
laddu looks sounds healthy
Thx. for sharing :)

Saritha said... [Reply]

Happy birthday to ur blog

Sujatha said... [Reply]

Happy Birthday to your Blog! Barley laddus look delicious and healthy..

Priya Sreeram said... [Reply]

lovely recipe and wishing u many more happy blogiversaries !

Uma said... [Reply]


Welcome to my blog! Yes, I will definitely post oats upma soon. Thanks for visiting.

Thank you all for your sweet wishes :)

Pavani said... [Reply]

Happy birthday to your blog and laado's looks yummy n healthy.

Subhie Arun said... [Reply]

happy bday to ur blog....laddos looks yummy n v healthy...cudnt think barley can turn out be a sweet ladoos!

Cham said... [Reply]

Happy Birthday and wish many more delicious posts .... Glad to know you and your blog Dear!
I ven't cook with pearl barley sounds very healthy!

Jayashree said... [Reply]

A very happy(belated) birthday to Trendy Relish...

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